Ahhh! I feel so spoiled with all of these wonderful questions (: Where to begin... I suppose with the first set, yes? Yes. That would make sense. Buckle your seatbelts for the longest post in history!
lellwen: Wow, thanks for stopping by and leaving such lovely questions! (Not to mention reading my one-shot!)
1. Besides SilverRoses' Mistletoe Challenge, what inspired you to write 'Bludgers and D̶e̶s̶e̶r̶t̶e̶d̶ Corridors'?
Hmmm... well, I've always adored Missing Moments/New POVs, and I've always loved Ginny. Those two things put together brought me part of the way.
I also fell in love with the idea of seeing Harry's feelings from an outsiders perspective. I'm a sucker for romance and the opportunity to portray that cute moment of Harry's internal epiphany/conflict was just too much to pass up.
2. Did you choose to write about Dean for this one-shot or was it part of the challenge? If it wasn't, why Dean?
It actually was part of the challenge, but I will explain why I loved the idea of Dean anyways (:
Mostly, it was for the reasons I explained above. As soon as I read Dean's name on the challenge topic, this story just popped into my head. I knew it would be a Ginny/Dean and I knew it would be this scene that we already knew. As soon as the thought entered my brain, there was no letting it go (:
3. Your novella 'Something Worth Fighting For' is a Harry/Ginny 'ship. Do you prefer it to the Dean/Ginny?
Interesting question! I guess my answer depends on the aspect of that question you were hitting at, so I guess I'll just address them all (:
Overall, I prefer the Harry/Ginny to the Dean/Ginny ship. Harry/Ginny is just my head-canon and, in my opinion, they simply belong together (:
However, if I were to ignore the facts of what characters they were and speak just about writing for them, I preferred writing the romance parts of the Dean/Ginny to the romance parts of the Harry/ Ginny. This is simply because Harry isn't a very romantic person and I have to be very creative to make any scenes with him cute or romantic. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely ADORE Harry and Ginny, they're just difficult to write for
Overall, I would still say I enjoy writing Something Worth Fighting For to writing Bludgers and
Deserted Corridors, just not the romance scenes (:
4. Do you think Ginny could've ever settled down with Dean instead of Harry?
Yes, I think she COULD have. I don't, however, think she would have been truly satisfied, and even if she did learn to be, it would have taken a long time. She liked Harry for a very long time and he was always the one she wanted to be with. In HBP, she even says that, when she tried moving on and going out with other people, she never really gave up on Harry. I do think she could have settled down with Dean, she just wouldn't be as happy.
5. Would you consider writing more about Dean?
I would always consider it (: I don't currently have any plans to write some more of good old Dean, but that doesn't mean I never will! If I did get an idea for a Dean fic, I think it's safe to say that writing this one - and falling in love with Dean in the process - would definitely make me more inclined to write it.
Sian: Wow! I feel so spoiled by you Three rounds of questions from you so far... I think you're trying to learn all my deep, dark secrets
1. What gave you the inspiration for your 'under the mistletoe' piece? Why Dean and Ginny?
Well, I can't take all the credit as it was written for SilverRoses' Mistletoe Challenge and it was her prompt that really sparked the idea. However, I did have some reasoning for my choice of Dean and Ginny. I explained it briefly to lellwen above, but basically the idea for it popped into my mind and I just couldn’t pass it up. I really loved the idea of seeing that moment of Harry’s from an outsider’s perspective. I know that, from the perspective of us readers, it was a mixture of finally!/a creature in your stomach?/adorableness overload, so aside for my love of the plot and Dean in general, I wanted to see what that would look like from the outside.
2. Where is your favourite place to write?
Easy answer! The library. I adore the library. I also find it to be the place where my thoughts just seamlessly flow onto paper, or at least, flow more easily than the molasses they are elsewhere (can you tell I’m not in the library right now?).
3. What's been the biggest challenge for you in writing FF?
Wow. If I’m being honest, the actual writing :/ I absolutely adore it, but it takes me a while to update (sorry!) and I think it’s just because it’s taken me a while to get in the swing of it. I’m not used to writing so much at all. I avoided it like the plague before I came here. Of course, I wrote tons for school, but that was different and because of it, I developed the notion that I actually hated writing. It’s been a process to step out of that and I’m so glad I have, because I now adore sitting down and punching out a new chapter. It’s just more difficult to get myself to do that because I’m still overcoming this long-standing false belief about myself. Also, because I avoided writing before, it really doesn’t come that naturally to me and I often spend long gaps of time thinking about how to word things. Even then, I feel like it never really makes sense/flows properly/truly communicates what I was trying to say. It is a challenge, but one I know I will only overcome with practise (:
4. Have you ever been tempted to write OF?
Yes, I have! However, the idea is just too scary to me at the moment. Aside from the issues I mentioned in response to the previous question, I just don’t really think I’m creative enough. Plunnies don’t come easily to me and the ones that do, I know were born from the HPverse already created for me. I would love to write OF, but I can’t help but feel as though I wouldn’t be able to create a plot interesting enough for its own independent book. Also, I wouldn’t be patient enough to write that much before showing people. I love that on here, I can write a chapter/get it beta’d, then submit it and proceed to live on the refresh button, watching for read counts and reviews (: I don’t think I could get through a whole book without any real feedback.
5. Do you have any headcanon that you keep in mind while you write?
I definitely do! However, it’s a WIP of itself (: A lot of it is set in my brain, but another portion of it develops as I write (:
6. Have you got any more stories planned at the moment?
Unfortunately, I don’t :/ Though I wish there was a different answer to that question. As I said above, plunnies don’t come easily to me. I’ve been watching for a good challenge, though! Hopefully one of those will spark some new ideas in me (: In the meantime, it’s probably good that I’m focusing on my one main story, though I wish I could present more diversity on my AP.
Thanks so much for those questions! Sorry some of the answers were a tad depressing, I promise that’s strange for me (: Also, a million congratulations on your shiny new prefects badge (: You really, truly deserve it!
Lauren: Hello!!! Thanks so so much for these questions and a HUGE congratulations to you, again, for making Prefect! You are so great to us Griffies and I know you’ll be an amazing Prefect for us, you really deserve it! Now for some questions, I got a little distracted there
So, on your AP you've written two fics about Ginny... do you like writing about her?
I love writing about Ginny. She is debatably (no seriously, there is a constant debate raging inside of my head) my favourite character and was the obvious choice for my first fic. It is a little embarrassing, however, and totally coincidental that BOTH of my fics feature her The one-shot was for a challenge and Ginny just came with the plunnie that
hopped stormed into my brain. Hopefully I will have another story up soon with a new character of focus, and hopefully even a new generation! I know, I know, breaking down all sorts of Christy expectations.
How was it writing Bludgers and
Deserted Corridors? Was it easy or hard having the reference to the books?
Hmmm interesting question, I think it made it more difficult overall, but I greatly enjoyed being able to reference the book. Some things you don’t even notice straight away, but if you look closely, there are little references to the book. It was more of an effort, but I felt super clever
Out of all the characters you've written about who is your favourite?
Favourite to write? Ginny.
… or Dean… gahhh, I don’t know I like them all for different reasons and for different parts of story-writing.
Favourite character in general? Well, that is just a whole other story. I used to think it was Ginny, then I recently started to think it was Hermione, then I realised I love them all and couldn’t possibly chose.
Out of all the characters you've written about which one have you found the hardest?
Harry. By far.
I know part of it is the fact that we know Harry so well, so writing him is a lot of canon to keep up with, but he’s also just so concealing of his feelings, so writing romance with him from Ginny’s perspective is definitely a challenge.
Which of the stories on you AP are you most proud of?
Something Worth Fighting For. I love them both, and I’m very proud of Bludgers and
Deserted Corridors, but SWFF is just my baby : )
Thanks so much, again, for the questions! You’re so sweet!
Nadia: Ahhh, MORE questions you guys are too nice to me (:
Wow. So you like Harry/Ginny! As an author, do you find it hard writing a canon pairing in fanfiction, when pairings like Dramione and Scorose dominate a lot of the time?
I would say it is more difficult, but definitely worth it. I find that my biggest, most persistent worry is that I am staying true to the canon characters. However, I love canon and love playing in it so… worth it (:
Which tense do you like to the write in?
Past tense (: I admire people brave enough to write in present tense, but it’s difficult for me. Someday, I might try it, just to expand my horizons as a writer, but for now, I will sulk in my little past-tense cave (:
Out of Dean. Harry, and Ginny, who do you find the toughest to characterize? Easiest?
Harry is definitely the most difficult. I think it’s because we know him so well, it’s hard to stay true to all of what JK’s created him to be. On that same note, Dean was the easiest and I think that’s because we have far less canon material on him. There was more freedom and I could really make him what I needed him to be and how I had always seen him in my headcanon.
How do you go about planning your stories?
Hmm… well, when I get a good idea and decide to make a fic out of it, I open up a word document and word vomit all of my ideas onto it. Then, I try to make some sense of it and sort the craziness out before I meditate on the plot a little, naturally coming up with some more details. Usually, over the course of the next few days, I will randomly get big breakthroughs on the story at the most inconvenient times (during class, right on the brink of finally falling asleep, whilst walking to class), but I always write everything down to some capacity and eventually add it to the word document.
Basically, I just have a jumbo word document for each fic that just continues to grow and grow (: Every now and then I will go organize it as well as decide what to keep.
Thanks so much to everyone for the amazing questions! You all are the greatest